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anchor: this is dw news live from berlin. editorial hotel in tunisia a gunman killed at least 37, most of the casualties were western tourists. mobile phone footage has emerged of the shootout the lefty attacker dead trading in kuwait, at least 25 evil are dead after a suicide bombing in a shiite mosque. the day began with an attack at a factory in france, a man headed -- beheaded a suspect arrested the motive unclear.
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we now know the victim was thesis and killer's boss. celebrations outside the u.s. supreme court has judges legalize same-sex marriage making it the law of the land. it's good to have you with us. it's been a day of terror with three suspected islamist attacks in three countries across three continents. it began in the suburbs of lyons in france, where a man was beheaded at an american owned gas factory. in tunisia, a gunman opened fire at tourists at a beach resort, leaving at least 37 people dead, including tourists from germany, britain, and belgium and further a field in the east come kuwait, a suicide bomber struck
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a shiite mosque during friday prayers, killing at least 25 people and wounding dozens. we begin our coverage with this report on the attack in tunisia. reporter: this was the worst possible nightmare. consider relaxing on the beach there were dead and injured bodies. the gunman was wearing shorts to help him blend in with the tourists. the assault rifle was hidden and a parasol before he opened fire. he is one of today's you upon -- it is one of tunisia's most popular beach resorts. more than 30 injured have been hospitalized. according to the tunisian health ministry, several are in critical condition. >> i was on the beach and i heard someone firing a gun. and then i looked to my wife and she got up and ran. as i turned, the bullet just hit me in my arm and i just ran to
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the sea. reporter: tunisia, the birthplace of the arab spring, has seen a surge in radical islamists here. this is a second serious terror attack to hit the country since germany. most guests in the two affected hotels are from britain and central europe. many are traumatized and only want to get back home. some tour operators have started to organize flights to europe. others say they will allow people to change any future bookings to the country. anchor: let's get the latest on this story, or correspondent joins me now from cairo in egypt. are we any closer to knowing who is responsible for this attack? reporter: we are still not any closer. it is still very unclear. it seems a student was behind
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this attack, the teen easy and interior ministry said he is a student from central today's yet, he was not from any of the watch lists so far so i don't know whether he was acting on his own behalf, whether he was acting for i.s. or one of the other terrorist organizations that operate in the region, including al qaeda. at this point we really still don't know. anchor: let's of unanswered questions there. let's talk about what this means for tunisia. it has been held as example of what went right in the arab spring right now we have seen two major terror attacks in the country this year already. what has gone wrong? reporter: it is difficult to say what has gone wrong. there seems to be a great consensus that what has gone wrong is there is a large population that is disenfranchised, a lot of young today's inns -- tunisians in her 20's who are jobless -- in their
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20's, who are being folded to join the radical movement here. a lot has gone right in tunisia. democracy and an islamist group is in the government. anchor: you picked up on the fact that there is still a lot of unemployment in the country. tunisia depends on tourism. this attack was an attack on the economy, wasn't it? reporter: it was and the second time a similar attack which happened in 2013, no one was killed, but it seems that the terroris are indeed targeting tunisia's tourism industry, which could mean a major setback for tunisia. anchor: our correspondent on the story for us there in cairo. thank you very much. our social media desk has been following that attack in today's era. -- attack in tunisia.
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one man was sending messages asking for help. good evening to you, carl. reporter: here is this man, and here is his twitter profile. he is a u.k. tourist with his wife. still there, in tunisia. he was tweeting as these events took place at his hotel room. these are his first tweets, calling out for help. we are in a hotel bellevue in tunisia. there have been shots fired at tourists on the beach. as this played out there's 's descriptions. he said, we were in the pool when we heard automatic gunfire. at this point he was afraid for his life, he returned to his hotel room and tweeted this picture. he has barricaded himself in there. that is his bed in his mattress. he says, i hope this is enough.
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as the day went on, a few minutes later saying the gunman was shot in our hotel by armed police. there are reports of a child amongst us that has been killed and we are all in shock here. later today saying, thank you for all the messages of support off to get a drink now with his wife. harrowing tweets from a tourist in tunisia. anchor: horrifying play-by-play of what happened great thank you very much -- happened. thank you very much. this day of terror began in france with the shocking news that a man had been beheaded at a gas plant and his head pinned to the factory gates. a flag with arabic writing was found on it. explosions at the factory injured at least two other people. police have arrested several people in connection with the attack. they say the main suspect has links to islamist groups but the victim was the suspected attacker's boss. reporter: police special forces
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in the suburbs of lyon, france's second-largest city, this is where the suspect and friday's attack lived along with his wife and three children. he is now the talk of france. he has allegedly committed a dreadful crime, and his neighbors are stunned by what happened. >> we are all a bit stunned, but we don't know much about him. >> they are respectable family. they always say hello and goodbye. the children played outside and the wife is always nice. so his wife too is in police custody. reporter: before being arrested she talked to a french radio station. >> i don't know what is happening, she said. reporter: has he been arrested? yes, the host says. was he very religious? not particularly, she says. i don't understand why he would
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do something like this. who can i phone to find out more? i don't understand. reporter: what happened friday morning at the gas factory has shocked france. just before midday, and attacker drove his car through the facility's fence. he raced towards the building. an explosion followed. then firemen arrived at the scene. they o from dying. as they arrived, police investigators were greeted with a grisly scene. a man had been decapitated. his head was stuck to the fence with islamic flags nearby. the french interior ministry says the man was linked to groups. all of this is news to his neighbors. they are in shock. the terror threat is suddenly on their doorstep. anchor: let's go to lisa lewis in paris. she is on the story for us from there.
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we know now an employee beheads his boss. what does this do to the investigation? reporter: we know that he was driving towards the factory in the morning, and that is why because he was working for that company, which is a supplier for products that they were actually not drawing any attention to them. it helps in this investigation to understand how the attacker could actually -- got into the company, because the attacker had a badge, he could just drive through, and no one thought this was suspicious. the firefighters only called minutes later about 10, 15 minutes later when he had driven into one of the hangars and caused an explosion. anchor: the prosecutor in france has said it is still too early to talk about there being any connection to international terror organizations. there was a lot said about that
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earlier in the day. are you seeing the media as well as the authorities there in france pullback at the moment since we know now that the boss was the person who was beheaded? reporter: we know the attacker had obvious connections to movements in leon -- lyons. as a matter of fact, he was put under surveillance between 2006 and 2008 and between 2011 and 2014 several times. they thought he was not an active threat. anchor: lisa lewis in paris on the story for us from there. thank you very much. reporter: my pleasure. anchor: i'm joined in the studio by the editor in chief of scene of magazine, a middle east expert. -- "zenith" magazine, he is a
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middle east expert. let's talk about the magnitude three continents, three separate events. is there any indication that these attacks we saw today were connected? guest: i would not like to speculate on that. what is relevant is the general temperature of incitement at the moment is very high. anchor: what do you mean? guest: there is a certain climate at the moment, i.s. is calling constantly another jihadist terror attack calling -- jihadist call for terrorist attacks in the west. it is encouragement to commit more of their crimes. i.s. is very active on social media. it is very possible that the security experts in france, they say you have the lonely wolf profile like the one that haven't -- then acted in france. these people strike when they can. the same account probably for the group in tunisia.
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when they see some thing else happens in the world, they think it is her time to strike. that does not mean there is a central authority coordinating. anchor: does that mean that the french authorities were maybe caught sleeping at the wheelie little bit? -- wheel a little bit? should they perceive something like this -- foresee something like this? guest: they can see networks being active using weapons of war. but individual lonely wolves that have mental problems probably using jihadist propaganda as justification for an individual despicable act, i don't know how the french security forces could prevent something like this from happening. anchor: they were talking about absolute security, and we know that this not exist. what about the situation for european tourists who want to travel to tunisia? guest: there is a reason why
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people travel to tunisia aside from it being cheap. it is a mediterranean culture. they don't have to be isolated in hermetically guarded compounds to enjoy the vacation. i understand the tunisian authorities wanted to create a certain atmosphere of normality in the country and they did not want the tourists to see machine guns and assault rifles all around being protected by security forces. what the tunisians can do at the moment is heavily guarded their border with libya. we have a certain profile of activities jihadists getting their arms from libya even infiltrating from libya. this is very close to tunisia and the european borders. anchor: the situation is not new, you're saying it should be wrapped -- ramped up a bit? guest: exactly. anchor: thank you for giving us your insights. you are watching "dw news' " live
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in berlin. greece rejects a new funding proposal by eurozone creditors. where do we go from here, as the clock ticks down on the deadline for a deal? stay where you are. we'll be right back.
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anchor: welcome back, everyone. you are with "dw news." three suspected islamist attacks on three continents. in today's, 37 people have been killed. -- tunisia, 37 people have been killed. in kuwait, 25 people are dead after a suicide bombing at a shiite mosque. islamic state have claimed responsibility for that. in france, a man has been found decapitated after an attack on a gas factory near lyons. now it is time for our latest episode in the greek debt saga.
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you have given me some names, mixed messages coming from alexis tsipras and jan us. angela and her friends will not stand for this? guest: it is like a bad episode of "dynasty." it is what tv dramas are. alexis tsipras has called for an emergency cabinet meeting. greece's finance minister says there is no reason a deal can't be capped this weekend. there is a huge debt bill come tuesday. reporter: it has become a worn-out phrase in recent days, but time is running out and the thousands of anti-austerity protesters gathered in athens know it. on friday the government rejected an offer made by the country's international creditors.
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an official speaking on condition of anonymity says the deal has been rejected. athens was given 48 hours to accept the cash for reform offer, something greece's prime minister called hotmail -- blackmail. >> the european union founded on principles were democracy solidarity, quality, mutual respect. these principles were not based on blackmails and ultimatum. reporter: the european commission president stroke back, saying they don't issue ultimatums. -- sspoke back, saying they don't issue ultimatums. >> we are not in the business of ultimatums. reporter: on friday evening ,tsipras summoned his cabinet for an emergency meeting. the goucher should's continue
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for the 30th of june deadline is fast approaching. if a deal is not forged over the weekend, the country could default on its debt. the future of greece's position in europe will be decided in the coming days. anchor: one of germany's top economists said it would be better for everyone if greece did go insolvent and left the eurozone. the mess that athens has created is so disproportionate to the country's economic relevance he said. >> the mess is not a good thing. greece is not competitive. it needs ongoing resources from abroad. it has an import surplus of 2.4% of gdp over exports, so it cannot live on itself. it would have to be financed by other countries for the time being, if not permanently. this is not a solution.
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greece has received 330 billion euros of public credit through the ecb system and directly from the international institute. that is quite a bit of money for a country which has a gdp of just 179's. anchor: let's see what traders think. just how worried are americans about the greek default? guest: that really is a big question, would it be a good idea if greece would have to go into default. the "new york times" came up, it was an unusual but interesting comparison. they said, what would it be? lehman brothers or radioshack? what have been in the case of radioshack is bad news for the employees, bad news for the
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creditors, but at the end the company also gets rid of the de bt and has the chance of a fresh start. greece is not an electronics chain, and the conclusion of the "new york times" was we don't know what precisely will happen, so it's better to do everything possible to avoid the scenario. anchor: i get it, you're not radioshack fan. guest: no not really. [laughter] anchor: it is time to let your bets. are we going to get a weekend deal? guest: well, what i hear so often and i have to say, it's one of the most annoying terms evr. we are kicking the can down the road, and that is what i hear from most people over here. that is pretty likely that we will find some kind of a deal for sure nobody knows for certain, but the feeling overall is that still there might be a deal and we will be kicking this can another couple of miles ahead of us. anchor: thanks very much, from
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new york. i might just kicked me can -- k ick the can you go over to the side of the studio. no one said this would be smooth sailing for greece. a big structural reason is the country's lacks tax collection authority. taxes increase add up to 90% of annual tax revenue. that is the highest shortfall among industrialized nations. athens is trying to fix the situation. greeks over their governments 76 billion -- owe their governments 76 billion euros. but why pay if your country is about to default and the money would be lost anyway? reporter: this tax advisor's noble fingers held him calculate how much his clients in athens have to pay. but few people are seeking his help. so far just 1 in 2 greeks have
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filed their taxes from last year. the government caved in to pressure and extended the filing deadline. >> right now the market is dead. people are afraid of what tomorrow will bring. they have not declared their taxes on time. it's not a characteristic of greeks to leave things to the last minute, but the crisis continues and is triggering panic because they don't know what the next day will bring in if they will have money to spend. and soon, they could face even higher tax bills. that would have a domino effect driving up food prices including popular fruits and vegetables. many small business owners are concerned about their future. >> of course, the measures will affect sales because people don't have the ability to shop and prices are going up. it is very difficult. it was already difficult, and since there will be new measures in place, it will become even more difficult. reporter: amid the ongoing crisis, a growing number of
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greeks are the country could eventually be forced to exit the eurozone. one in three can imagine returning to the drama and many think it makes sense to put off paying their tax bills. anchor: to the united states. it is a happy day if you are gay and american. even betsy ross would be happy today, i think. it is a landmark ruling from the supreme court that we want to talk about. judges say that the u.s. constitution does give same-sex couples the right to marry. the court ruled 5-4 that guarantees of equal protection and equal treatment under the law mean that states cannot ban lesbian and gay weddings. gay marriage will become legal in every state across the u.s. reporter: there was jubilation outside the supreme court as supporters greeted the decision. stephanie and andrea wherein the crowd. they are a couple and they help the ruling will change american society for generations to come. >> i think it's getting better
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and better every year, and every major decision, it increases and improves. i have high hopes. reporter: president obama also hailed the ruling is a giant step forward for the country. president obama: this ruling will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all loving same-sex couples the dignity of marriage a cropped -- across this great land. reporter: the white house changed its facebook profile picture to this image, and clear support for the ruling. hillary clinton tweeted about what she called a historic victory for marriage equality. and while, obama tweeted to acknowledge that the quote, march towards equality is not over. the decision means of same-sex couples will now have the right to marry in all 50 states in the u.s. the 14 states with bans on gay marriage will not be able to enforce them legally. that will not please everybody. anti-gay marriage protesters interrupted the hearings.
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the chief justice says he believes the ruling lacks constitutionality. but the decision stands. supporters are celebrating a victory in their battle for equal rights. outside the courthouse stephanie and andrea were coy about whether they intend to make the most of this new opportunity. but they are glad to finally have the option, like everyone else. anchor: to marry and divorce. britain's queen elizabeth marked the final day of her trip to germany with a solemn moment. the queen traveled to a former nazi concentration camp for the first time,. the bergen-belsen cap was liberated by british troops at the end of the second world war. reporter: after days of large public appearances, a moment of quiet reflection. it was queen elizabeth's personal wish to come here, to the former concentration camp, where at least 52,000 people
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from across europe were killed at the hands of the nazis. one of them was anne frank whose journal, written during a time in hiding, has been read by millions worldwide. british forces liberated the camp in april 1945, just over 70 years ago. this footage shot by soldiers was the first visible proof of the holocaust. the images have become part of german and british collective memory. after a short commemoration ceremony the queen met with liberators and survivors of the camp. a sober and to her three-day german tour. they give for joining us. we'll see you again at the top of the hour. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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